Thanksgiving COVID-19 Guide: How To Stay Safe At Dinner – Community News

Thanksgiving COVID-19 Guide: How To Stay Safe At Dinner

The holidays are upon us again, and COVID-19 is still present in our country. So how do you stay safe and prevent possible spread of the virus to others?

Doctors across the country are offering advice to people looking to protect themselves from the coronavirus, as well as those seeking to protect others from the deadly disease COVID-19.

Know the vaccination statuses before meeting

dr. Avantika Waring, an endocrinology physician at Kaiser Permanente Washington, told KOMO News it’s important to know who will be at your dinner and their vaccination status.

  • “It’s very important to have conversations about people’s vaccination status beforehand, something you may not have done in the past at a holiday gathering. It’s going to be important to understand who you’re dining with,” Waring said.

Consider gathering outside

You may want to consider eating outside or opening windows to allow fresh air to flow through the room, Waring told KOMO.

  • “Not everyone is vaccinated, so we really need to think about putting others in the community at risk. Again, if you have people who may not have been fully vaccinated but are still at high risk, the virus is still spreading in our communities. It’s not gone,” Waring said.

Think about who is at serious risk

Per Gizmodo, you should consider who is at high risk on your Thanksgiving dinner. Anyone who may be at serious risk for COVID-19 may need or warrant additional precautions. So you may need to wear a mask.

  • “These are the people most likely to have a serious complication from COVID, even if they have been vaccinated,” Dr. Céline Gounder, an infectious disease specialist and epidemiologist at New York University and Bellevue Hospital, told Science Friday. “They are at greater risk of a breakthrough infection that can progress to severe COVID.”